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Fri. 11:59: Hank Aaron, baseball’s one-time home run king, dies at 86

ATLANTA (AP) — Hank Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth's home run record and gracefully left his mark as one of baseball's greatest all-around players, died this morning. He was 86. The Atlanta Braves, Aaron's longtime team, said he died ...

Fri. 11:20 a.m.: Austin wins Senate confirmation as 1st black Pentagon chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lloyd J. Austin, a West Point graduate who rose to the Army's elite ranks and marched through racial barriers in a 41-year career, won Senate confirmation this morning to become the nation's first black secretary of defense. The 93-2 vote gave President Joe Biden his ...

Fri. 11:10 a.m.: Nearly $1B Mega Millions prize due to long odds, slow sales

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery game has grown to nearly $1 billion ahead of tonight's drawing after more than four months without a winner thanks to bad luck, poor odds and reduced play partially blamed on the coronavirus pandemic. It's only the third time ...

Fri. 11:04 a.m.: In Russia, effort underway to curb upcoming Navalny protests

MOSCOW (AP) — Authorities in Russia have taken elaborate measures to curb protests against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, planned by his supporters for Saturday in more than 60 Russian cities. Navalny's associates in Moscow and other regions have been detained in the ...

Fri. 10:45 a.m.: Schumer: House to send Trump impeachment article Monday

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to send the article of impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, launching the start of the former president's trial on a charge of incitement of insurrection over the deadly Capitol riot. Senate Majority Leader Chuck ...

Fri. 8:54 a.m.: 2 films offer 2 tales ahead of Wuhan lockdown anniversary

WUHAN, China (AP) — Two new films about Wuhan were released today, the eve of the anniversary of the start of a 76-day lockdown in the central Chinese city where the coronavirus was first detected. How they were released and who their audiences are stand in stark contrast. The first, a ...

Fri. 8:44 a.m.: Biden ordering stopgap help as talks start on big aid plan

BALTIMORE (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to take executive action today to provide a stopgap measure of financial relief to millions of Americans while Congress begins to consider his much larger $1.9 trillion package to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The two executive ...

Fri. 8:42 a.m.: Russia welcomes US proposal to extend nuclear treaty

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin today welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden's proposal to extend the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty between the two countries, which is set to expire in less than two weeks. Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that Russia ...

Thur. 10:30 a.m.: Powerball jackpot winner worth $731.1M sold in Maryland

LONACONING, Md. (AP) — The jackpot-winning Powerball ticket worth $731.1 million was sold in an old coal mining town where jobs are few and whose biggest claim to fame is being the hometown of baseball legend Lefty Grove, the Maryland Lottery announced today. Coney Market, a convenience ...

Thur. 10:15 a.m.: Biden to sign virus measures, requires mask use to travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep in the deadliest coronavirus wave and facing worrisome new mutations, President Joe Biden will kick off his national COVID-19 strategy to ramp up vaccinations and testing, reopen schools and businesses and increase the use of masks — including a requirement that ...

Thurs, 4:20 p.m.: Trumbull County 911 director fired

Trumbull County 911 Director Ernest Cook on Thursday was fired by Trumbull County commissioners after an executive session that lasted several hours. Cook, 69, 7144 Wildwood Drive, Brookfield, last week had pleaded no contest to charges of loss of physical control under the influence, a ...

Three hurt in bus, van crash

BROOKFIELD -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated an accident Wednesday afternoon involving a Community Bus Service vehicle transporting Head Start students at state Route 82 near Bedford Road SE. Two staff members and a student were hospitalized with minor injuries, according to ...

Virus closes Niles library until Monday

NILES -- The McKinley Memorial Library was informed Wednesday that an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The library said it will temporarily shut down for deep sanitation until Monday. Book drops will remain open. The library will resume curbside services on Monday. All holds will be ...

Hundreds aged 80-plus get vaccinated at fairgrounds

BAZETTA -- Hundreds of people lined up Wednesday morning at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The Trumbull County Combined Health District was able to provide nearly 550 shots to people 80 or older, but was also prepared to give more if necessary. "We're looking ...

Wed. 11:52 a.m.: Biden sworn in as nation’s 46th president

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden has officially become the 46th president of the United States. Biden took the oath of office just before noon today during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. The presidential oath was administered by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Biden was sworn in ...

Wed. 11:35 a.m.: Wall Street hits records amid profit reports, DC changeover

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are rallying to records today on stronger-than-expected earnings reports and continued optimism that new leadership in Washington will mean more support for the struggling economy. The S&P 500 was 1.1% higher at 3,842.03 in morning trading, topping its record ...

11:20 a.m.: Mike Pence arrives at Joe Biden’s inaugural

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has arrived at the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden. Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, were announced at inaugural festivities at the U.S. Capitol about one hour ahead of Biden’s expected swearing-in ceremony. Pence is representing the ...

Biden takes oath at noon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden swears the oath of office at noon Wednesday to become the 46th president of the United States, taking the helm of a deeply divided nation and inheriting a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors. The very ceremony in which ...

Former presidents arrive for inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — All of the former U.S. presidents attending President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration have arrived at the U.S. Capitol. George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, were first to arrive at the complex on Wednesday morning, several hours before Biden’s swearing-in ...